Chennaiyin FC has roped in winger Vincy Barretto on a multi-year deal ahead of the 2022-23 Indian Super League.
The Goa-born footballer will join the two-time champion after a successful debut ISL campaign with Kerala Blasters last season.
“We are happy to bring in Vincy Barretto who will add youthful energy into our attack. At the age of 22, he is already known for his capabilities. This is a very positive signing for us leading into season 9,” said Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani on the arrival of the youngster in the side.
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Barretto recently had an impressive outing in the inaugural edition of the Reliance Foundation Development League, where he struck three goals from seven matches for the Blasters.
“I’m very excited to join Chennaiyin FC, a club that has already been successful in its little history. My only goal is to win more titles with the club,” expressed the 22-year-old.
"Chennaiyin FC has already signed star Indian midfielder Anirudh Thapa for a fresh two-year deal. And now with the addition of Barretto, the club will look to promote young Indian talents and build a strong squad for the upcoming ISL seasons.
CFC ropes in Romario Jesuraj
Chennaiyin FC has also signed another winger Alexander Romario Jesuraj on a multi-year deal.
The 25-year-old from Dindigul—a district located 420 kms southwest from Chennai—has two I-League titles under his belt in his impressive career so far. He will now feature for his home ISL club from the upcoming ninth season.
In the last ISL season, Jesuraj played nine matches and scored twice for FC Goa.
“Romario brings versatility and experience to our ranks. He played a pivotal role in Chennai City and Mohun Bagan’s title winning run in the I-League. And being a Tamil Nadu player himself, he will be well aware of the responsibilities that come with representing a team from the state. We’re truly delighted to have him in the Chennaiyin family,” said Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani.
He was part of the India U-13 camp and started his senior career with Arrows FC in the Chennai Premier Division at 17.
Making rapid strides, he then moved to Chennai City FC in 2017 with whom he made I-League debut and was a vital cog in the team’s title-winning campaign in 2019, netting twice and providing as many assists in 19 matches.
Bengal skipper Chakladar third fresh signing
Bengal captain and defender Monotosh Chakladar is the third fresh signing for Marina Machans this summer. It is also a maiden ISL contract for the 24-year-old footballer, who captained Bengal in the 75th Santosh Trophy last month and played a crucial role in the state team’s runners-up finish.
“We are really happy to welcome Monotosh Chakladar to the Chennaiyin family. All of us at the club are aware of his leadership qualities and performances at the Santosh Trophy and we are excited to have him bring those qualities to the fold. I am certain he will fit in seamlessly into the team, and raise the overall level,” Dani said.